SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
Lauren Sanchez, 30, of Oakland, has been appointed deputy secretary for climate policy and intergovernmental relations at the California Environmental Protection Agency. Sanchez has been international policy director at the California Air Resources Board since 2018. She was a climate negotiator at the U.S. Department of State from 2015 to 2017, serving on the Paris Agreement negotiation team. Sanchez was an advisor for the United Arab Emirates Mission to the United Nations from 2014 to 2015 and a research project leader at Yale University from 2013 to 2014. Sanchez is a Fulbright Scholar and earned a Master of Science degree from Yale University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $154,380. Sanchez is a Democrat.
Rebecca Foster, 41, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Foster has been chief executive officer of the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund since 2016. She served as director of social impact investment for San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee from 2013 to 2016. Foster was vice president of Goldman Sachs from 2010 to 2013, where she was an associate from 2005 to 2009. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Foster is a Democrat.
Porsche Middleton, 35, of Citrus Heights, has been appointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Middleton has been a member of the Citrus Heights City Council since 2018. She served as a Citrus Heights planning commissioner from 2017 to 2018 and was a senior project manager for Project Ahead from 2009 to 2016. Middleton earned a Master of Arts degree in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Louisville. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Middleton is a Democrat.
Dave Rand, 42, of Agoura Hills, has been appointed to the California Housing Partnership Corporation. Rand is an attorney and partner at Armbruster Goldsmith and Delvac LLP since 2012. He was a regional political director at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee from 2008 to 2012 and an associate at Ambruster and Goldsmith LLP in 2008, Manatt Phelps and Phillips from 2005 to 2008 and at Thelen Reid and Priest from 2003 to 2005. Rand is a former chair of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee Board of Directors, incoming chair of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a former member of the Valley Industry Commerce Association Board of Directors. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law. This position requires Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Rand is a Democrat.
Mary Teichert, 48, of Granite Bay, has been appointed to the Contractors State License Board. Teichert has been chief operating officer at Teichert Inc. since 2013, where she has held several positions since 2004, including vice president and general manager, estimator, project engineer and miner. She was director of product strategy at Apple Computer from 2002 to 2004 and a consultant at Bain and Company from 1998 to 2001. Teichert earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Associated General Contractors of America, the Beavers, California Transportation Foundation, American Leadership Forum, Capital Region Family Business Center, United Contractors and California Building Industry Association. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Teichert is a Democrat.
James Ruane, 73, of San Bruno, has been appointed to the Contractors State License Board. Ruane has been president of Patrick J. Ruane Inc. since 1976. He served as mayor of San Bruno from 2009 to 2017. He is a member of the Wall and Ceiling Alliance and the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Ruane is a Democrat.